LIVONIA – The Eunice High Bobcats scored three runs in the top of the seventh, but the rally just fell short as they suffered a 6-4 loss to the Livonia Wildcats Tuesday night.
The Bobcats (19-7, 5-3) fell behind as the Wildcats scored three runs in the bottom of the first, but the Cats battled to stay in the game against Livonia ace Mason Klotz, who earlier this season tossed a one-hit shutout against the Bobcats.
The Wildcats (19-3, 8-0) jumped ahead against Eunice starter Kourt Deshotel (4-3) led by Brandon Armand’s sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single by Jarrad Jarreau.
The Wildcats added another run on double by Klotz in the second inning for a 4-0 lead as Hayden Pitre relieved Deshotel.
Pitre kept the Wildcats in check, getting out of the second inning and pitching two innings of shutout baseball.
The Wildcats pushed across two runs in the fifth to build a 6-0 lead.
Armand had a single, Holden Webber walked and both scored on Jacob Gabor’s double.
The Bobcats had their chances early against Klotz, leaving two runners on in both the first and third innings and leaving the bases loaded in the fourth inning.
Jake Sonnier and Pitre had singles against last year’s Class 3A Most Valuable Player.
As Klotz’s pitch count neared 100, the Wildcat coaching staff brought in Gabor to start the sixth.
The Bobcats took advantage to score a run as Pitre, Drake Fruge, and John Ross Johnson drew walks to load the bases.
An errant pickoff throw by Wildcat catcher Mason Torres allowed Pitre to score, but Gabor retired the side without further damage.
In the seventh, Gabor allowed a leadoff double to Brett Darbonne and Deshotel singled to cut the lead to 6-2.
With one out, Gabor was touched for another single by Horris Dupre to put runners at first and second.
That brought on reliever Dylon Vermillion, who retired Fruge on a fly out, but gave up a double in the right-center gap by Matt Ward which brought in two runs to cut the lead to 6-4.
After issuing a walk to Johnson, Vermillion was relieved by Torres.
Torres promptly gave up a single to Sonnier which loaded the bases.
But Torres earned the save by retiring Josh Patin on a pop fly to end the game.
“We had a much better approach to Klotz today than we did in the first game,” commented coach Scott Phillips. “We made him throw strikes, and when they went to their relievers, it gave us a chance to get back in the game. We just came up a little short.”
Eunice 30 Northwest 0
PRAIRIE RONDE – On Monday, the Bobcats ripped the Northwest High Raiders by a 30-0 margin. The Bobcats scored all of their runs in the first three innings of the five-inning, run-ruled game.
Clay Francois (4-0) claimed the mound victory for the Bobcats, going five innings and allowing just one hit – a single by Daiquan Sam in the fourth inning. Francois struck out six.
The Bobcats scored 11 runs in the first inning, three in the second inning, and 16 in the third inning. The Bobcats pounded out 22 hits and took advantage of ten Raider errors along with eight walks.
Leading the offensive assault for the Bobcats were Josh Patin, Matt Ward and John Ross Johnson with three hits apiece. Patin had two doubles, while Ward and Johnson each added a double. Brett Darbonne and Jake Sonnier added two hits, each collecting a double.
Kourt Deshotel and Drake Fruge added two hits apiece, while Kalum Fruge, Chance Devillier, A.P. Sonnier, Terry Alexander, and Francois added singles.
The Bobcats will continue District 5-3A play today when they visit Port Barre.
The Cats will complete district play on Tuesday when they host Rayne for “Senior Night”.